It was thought that Jason Kidd would happily finish out his career as a Dallas Maverick. It was there that he obtained the Rookie of the Year award along with Grant Hill in 1995. And the Mavericks may not have been able to win the NBA Championship in 2011 without him. But the tides have turned in Dallas. J-Kidd has now gone to play for the New York Knicks and understandably, Mark Cuban is not happy about it. What might not be so understandable is Cuban’s juvenile stance that he will not retire Kidd’s jersey because of it.
Cuban said so himself during a radio interview. “I was more than upset,” Cuban said when referring to Kidd’s decision to move to New York. “I thought he was coming back. J-Kidd’s a big boy, he can do whatever he wants. But you don’t change your mind like that. I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of right now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s numbers in the rafters. You can’t put a guy’s number in the rafters when he decides he doesn’t want to be there.”
But can’t you? When great players decide to retire they’re numbers are usually retired, with their jerseys hanging in the rafters. And even though they didn’t go to play for someone else, they still chose to leave. And while you might not be able to compare Kidd to the likes of Bird, Johnson, and Shaq, who’s number is to be retired this season, there also aren’t a whole lot of other great players coming out of Dallas. And the rafters there could probably use a little boost.
As for Mark Cuban’s personal grudge against Kidd? It doesn’t really stand. Cuban might be angry that Kidd left, but it happens all the time in the NBA. And if Cuban really wanted to hold onto his point guard, he should have offered him more money. And Cuban can’t really be that upset that Kidd didn’t tell him about his plans to move either. Kidd tried to call Cuban to let him know, but Cuban was apparently in a museum with his kids and didn’t answer his phone.
It does seem that Cuban is just being petty. And the fact that he’s more than willing to retire Jason Terry’s number since Terry was completely transparent in all of his dealings? That just shows that Cuban’s actions are just as petty as his feelings.